Artifact Details

Title

Fairchild Micromosaic and Micromatrix programs oral history panel

Catalog Number

102746777

Type

Text

Date

2013-06-10

Contributor

Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Downey, James M., Panelist
Fairbairn, Doug, Moderator
Koford, James S., Panelist
Mays, C. Hugh, Panelist
Schreiner, Robert (Bob), Panelist
Ulrickson, Robert W., Panelist
Walker, Robert M., Panelist

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

44 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

This oral history brought together a panel of six former Fairchild Semiconductor employees, all of who played major roles in the development and deployment of the Fairchild Micromosaic and Micromatrix product families in the mid to late 1960’s. Both product lines were aimed at the emerging market for custom integrated circuits. Micromatrix was a customizable array of bipolar gates while the Micromosaic product was a customizable array of MOS logic.

These product lines were important, not only because of their commercial success but because they laid the ground work for the custom and ASIC industry which blossomed in the 1980’s. They demonstrated for the first time the power and importance of putting together a complete suite of design automation tools to capture, verify, layout, and test integrated circuits.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; Application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC); Custom integrated circuit; Micromatrix; Micromosaic; Fairchild Semiconductor; Logic simulation; Rubylith; LSI Logic; VLSI Technology; Xynetics; Calma Company

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X6770.2013